Graduate colloquium 2011 - 12

Wednesdays 2011 - 12
Venue: Muirhead Tower 122, University of Birmingham
Time: 17.00 - 18.00

Graduate colloquium timetable 2011 - 12

The POLSIS Graduate colloquium provides a forum for postgraduate research students to present their work in a relatively informal and friendly setting to their peers and departmental staff with the purpose of providing constructive and helpful feedback in the development of their projects. As an important element of building and maintaining the PhD community in the department, the aims of the Colloquium are:

  • To provide an insight to the demands and developments of a PhD research project.
  • To help early stage PhD students to build their individual research projects.
  • To provide a facility for developed research projects to be tested and critically analysed and.
  • To provide a platform for PhD students to present their papers prepared for conference presentations or journal publications.

This is to be arranged by the Colloquium convenors with the cooperation of the presenter.

In order to increase student engagement in the Graduate Colloquium and to encourage students to expand their knowledge and think beyond their own core research interests about methodological, theoretical and empirical components of a PhD project, we hope that every student will participate in the question and answer session by asking at least one appropriately designed question. This is to ensure wide-ranging participation and better feedback for the presenter.


Spring 2012 Timetable

26 January Laurence Cooley 'A union of minorities': The EU's self-image and the legitimation of consociational conflict management in the Western Balkans
02 February Ken Searle The influence of neo-liberalism on gay men: A methodological approach
09 February Samir Naser The ‘inherent’ intellectual hostility between secular and Islamic currents in the Middle East
16 February Reading week
23 February Charlotte Galpin   European identity and the Eurozone Crisis
01 March Liv Whitworth Transnational Women's Networks in East Asia  
08 March Jake Diliberto Global Counter-Insurgency: The new challenges with violent Islamic non-state actors
15 March Sam McPhilemy The comparative political economy of banking regulation in Europe

Autumn 2011 Timetable

06 October Liam Stanley Where do ontological assumptions come from?
13 October Fran Amery The abortion capital of Europe: British national identity and reproductive politics
20 October Carly Beckerman-Boys A Poliheuristic Analysis of British Palestine Policy 1917-1947
27 October Jiesheng Li The UK's Aid Reviews: Principal-Agent Theory at work?
10 November Leila Mukhida An Examination of Subversive Laughter in Angelina Maccarone’s Everything Will Be Fine
17 November Chris Byrne The 'Big Society' in historical perspective
24 November Ali Amirmoayed TBC
01 December Sam McPhilemy The comparative political economy of banking regulation

For more details / questions please contact either Liam Stanley ( or Carly Beckerman-Boys (